Tuesday 18th June saw Onchan Silver Bands first concert at the Villa Marina Arcade in 2013. It was also the occasion for a number of other firsts within the band. Most notably, this was the first concert under the guidance of their new conductor David Mapp, since he was appointed to the post earlier in the year. David had led the band on a couple of marches during his time at OSB, but had not yet had chance to oversee a concert. The band took the opportunity to start fulfilling the aims laid out in David Mapps “Manifesto”
Onchan Silver Band’s conductor for the past 6 years signed off in style at this year’s Manx Music Festival. Under the leadership of Paul Dunderdale, the band has gone from strength to strength. This year saw them achieve their most successful “Guild” results for many years. This followed on from their first foray into national competition for 16 years, where they were placed 4th last October, also picking up the prize for the youngest competitor along the way. Now Onchan Silver are looking to the future and building on the success they’ve achieved in the past year.
For the first time in 16 years, and only the second time in their history, Onchan Silver Band made the trip across the Irish Sea to take part in a National Contest. On their only previous trip, in 1994, the band travelled to Pontins in Southport to compete in the fourth section but were not placed in the rankings.
It was a different story this time however!
David Karran, a key player for many years with the band, recently won an award for best principal cornet at the Brighouse March and Hymn contest. David is currently plying his trade as the principal cornet of champion section band “Hepworth”, but he returned to help out his previous band for this event. He was principal of “Skelmanthorpe” before he left for his new post earlier this year.